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Qasem Soleimani's death has shocked the Middle East, but it might ultimately prove a more symbolic blow to Iran rather than a strategic one, writes Paul Iddon.

Comment: Could granting more autonomy to the oil-rich region of Basra help its residents improve their livelihood? asks Paul Iddon.

Iraqi-Kurdish cooperation in Kirkuk vital for defeating Islamic State

Paul Iddon

Iraqi-Kurdish cooperation in Kirkuk vital for defeating Islamic State

Comment: Baghdad must recognise that a multiethnic joint security force would be much more effective at disrupting Islamic State activity, writes Paul Iddon.

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

Paul Iddon

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

Comment: Following six years of de-facto self-rule, it's clear that Syria's Kurds have established themselves in ways impossible to undo, writes ...

After Islamic State, Baghdad cannot govern Iraq from centre

Paul Iddon

After Islamic State, Baghdad cannot govern Iraq from centre

After its military defeat of the Islamic State group, the Iraqi government needs to solidify its success on the battlefield by committing to a ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

This week in Iraq: Kurdish leadership decries ‘treasonous elements’ over Kirkuk loss; Militias become more politically assertive and fears grow over legalisation of paedophilia and spousal abuse.

Paul Iddon

'Treasonous elements colluded over Kirkuk,' says deposed Kurdish governor

Interview: Najmaldin Karim, the former governor of Kirkuk, speaks exclusively to The New Arab.

Paul Iddon

Divisions in Kurdish ranks drag up civil-war memories

Analysis: Baghdad's recent re-taking of Kirkuk came after a deal to withdraw Kurdish fighters loyal to one political faction, writes Paul Iddon.

Paul Iddon

Iraqi Kurdistan in disarray after the loss of Kirkuk

Analysis: The Kurdish political divides which led to Baghdad re-taking Kirkuk in less than a day could leave Kurdistan much more vulnerable, ...

Gareth Browne

Abadi's capture of Kirkuk might just save Iraq

Comment: Abadi's recapture of Kirkuk doesn't render him an enemy of the Kurdish cause, but he and the Kurds need each other to avoid a vicious ...

Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk military airport from Kurds: army

The New Arab

Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk military airport from Kurds: army

Iraqi forces take control of a military airport from Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk after forces capture an oil field and the ...

The Kurdish referendum and Baghdad's miscalculated temper

Gareth Browne

The Kurdish referendum and Baghdad's miscalculated temper

Comment: Haider al-Abadi must temper Baghdad’s response, without appearing weak, or Iraq will be left with divisions from which it may never ...

Worst fears allayed as Kurdish referendum passes peacefully

Paul Iddon

Worst fears allayed as Kurdish referendum passes peacefully

Analysis: A day like no other on a day like any other.

Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

The New Arab

Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

Tensions in Kirkuk have risen in recent weeks as the rhetoric between the Kurdish leadership and Iraq's central government escalates.

Paul Iddon

The governor Baghdad wants to remove from office

Analysis: Kirkuk's Najmaldin Karim wants his city included in Kurdistan's controversial independence referendum, but supports holding on to autonomy, says Paul Iddon

Paul Iddon

Kurds have little motivation remaining to 'rebuild Iraq'

Analysis: With growing disillusionment, Kurdish eyes are turning to an independence referendum, notes Paul Iddon.

Paul Iddon

Turkey's new-old red-lines in Iraqi Kurdistan

Analysis: Despite warming relations between Ankara and Erbil, Turkey is alarmed at the idea of Kurdish 'expansion' northern Iraq, writes Paul ...

Robert Cusack

Talabani's Kurdish fighters seize Iraq oil pipeline to Turkey

Fighters loyal to ex-president Talabani stormed the oil company's headquarters in Kirkuk province and stopped oil exports to Turkey on Thursday ...

Kirkuk governor: 'The real security fight begins after IS'

Robert Cusack

Kirkuk governor: 'The real security fight begins after IS'

Speaking at an oil and gas conference in London, the governor of Kirkuk warned of new threats from 'Islamist' groups, relations with Baghdad and ...

Adam Lucente

Peshmerga on front-lines lament lack of funding for weapons

In-depth: Fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq, Kurdish militia fighters are carving out territory for a future state, but are hampered by a ...

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